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in residence at Middle Volunteers, we take them for granted!! SENTINEL & TRIBUNE Walnut Grove - Westbrook, MN - Wednesday, April 17, 1~l The WWG Middle School will have a dance recital on Friday night, April 19, at the school to demonstrate the dance forms students in the Middle School have learned this week under the instruction of Laurie Hinz/Putze, artist in residence. Ms. Hinz/Putze has been working with students during the past week on dance forms and motions with an emphasis on ecology. Along with the dance instruction, she impresses on the students the need to care for the Earth and she incorporates conservation instruction in her curriculum. The performance on Friday night will be the result of the week long instruction. The audience will be entertained with selections created by the students that represent earth wind, water, trees, animals and birds, among other earth life. // WALNUT GROVE--Artist-In-residence, Laurie Hlnz/Putze held a workshop for members of the community on Thursday The performance will be atevening, April 11 at the WWG Middle School. She will be In 7:30 p.m. Friday April 19 in the residence and working with Middle School students during school auditorium, this week. ST Photo. Jacob Mathiason receives Blue Ribbon Jacob Mathiason, son of Bruce and Th a' Nl'a[hias 6n, Walnut Grove, and a 7th grade student at the WWG Middle School, received a'Blue Ribbon on his science roject at the Minnesota State clence Fair held at Bumidji State University last week. The three day Fair consisted of students and their science projects from schools throughout the state through the high school level. The Fair was held on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, April7, 8, and 9. preserved as Imsca State Park for future generations to care for and enjoy. That day, Minnesota made a commitment to establish a state park system to protect natural treasures. Today, Minnesota has 65 state parks. The public is invited to celebrate the 100th birthday of Itasca State Park on Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m just two days shy of Earth Jacob's project was on Da 1991. photosynthes=s and earth life uuring the ceremony, visitors support systems. He gained will discover the treasures of Itasca attendance at the state competition through living histories, songs, by winning a blue ribbon at thetraditional fell crofts, and a hike or local science fair,and a purple bike ride with a naturalist. ribbon at the region in Mankato. The ceremonies begin with a During the three days, characterization o[ Jacob Brewer, participants were kept busy with the environmentalist who lobbied many activities. The awards were to p, reserve Itasca a century ago. presented to the students at a Helfretell his story about his fight banquet held on Monday night, to save the red and white pines, April9. Jacob could not estimate and the headwaters of the the number of students who Mississippi. To commemorate his attended the fair throughout the efforts, Governor Ame Carlson has state but he reported, "There were proclaimed April 20, 1991 as Jacob lots!". V. Brewer Day. Mr. Ballard is instructor for Charlie Maguire, folkslnger and the WWG Middle School science songwriter, will premier his new deparunent, song about Itasca, along with other arth Day comes early Few people know Earth Day started long before April 22, 1970. Barth Day got its roots, its stronghold over a century ago, on April20, 1891 when Minnesota became the second state in the nation to designate land as a state park. That day, the green pristine pines of the northwest were Something new this yearll Hospital Auxiliary at Westbrook Community Center - 5:30 - 7:00 Hot hit, ken sandwich, potato salad, pie, ice cream, beverage Misc. Sale- 7:00 p.m. Wide variety of Items to be auctioned off. Drawing to be held. Proceeds go to hospital. Sponsored by Westbrook Hospital Auxiliary I r II I I Ill Illl I I II I songs. Maguire was chosen as the Centennial Troubadour to tour the state, singing and telling stories about Minnesota, its people and its history. The statewide Centennial quilt, a labor of love by hundreds of volunteers, will be presented. The quilt, designed by Bonnie Ellis of the Minnesota Quilters Association, displays 65 colorful images, each one representing a treasure found in state parks. Each finely-stitched scene tells the story of the history and natural treasures which exist in state parks today. The left border of the 8' x 10' quilt shows the graa:lenr of a red pine and ihe headwaters of the Mississippi River. The Itasca Centenmal quilt will also be unveiled at the ceremonies. DNR Commissioner Rod Sando, park permit is required for vehicles to enter the state parE. The i991 park permit features Jacob Brewer, the founder of Itasca State Park mid sells for $16. The air we breath, the drink of cool water from the kitchen tap, the birds in the sky, the changing of the seasonf and VOLUNTEERS! All these ex- eriences we take for granted. Seldom do we seriously consider where the water comes from, or who designed the system from where it comes? Where do birds go, and how do they know when to fly back? We don't think about this, because we take it for granted that this just happens. Most of us take volunteers for granted in much the same way. Things just happen. Or do they? Volunteers are very dedicated people who are just "there" in time of disaster serving in the Red Cross, Civil Defense, Firemen and others. At non-profit agencies, there are a vast number of volunteers on any day, who go and perform many needed services and tasks, from fixing hair, doing nails, playing games, helping with craft projects, writing letters, reading mail, entertaining, taking care of the flowers, visiting, and helping someone else have a better day. At schools, volunteers help as crossing guards, in the library, listening to our kids read, or helping them with math and sctence projects, serving as role models. Volunteers are everywhere. They are performing tasks through civic and service clubs, 4.H groups, Cities, and community activities, and the list goes on and on. Volunteers really make the world around us good, and easy to live in. They make the world a better place, safer, and with a neater environment. Volunteers are not clock watchers. They are not looking for more and better pay and fringe benefits. They don't ask "what is in it for me?" Instead they ask, "What can I do to help?" Volunteer efforts don't just happen, someone has to plan and schedule them and the events and activities. And most often this also is a volunteer. Volunteers don't expect a formal appreciation or recognition for the many hours they perform. A simple "Thanks for coming and helping," "We really appreciate your help," "Thank you." This is all that volunteers have to hear. That is their pay. Just an acknowledgement that they are appreciated and that what they arc doing was needed, and that what they are doing is meaningful to someone. Approximately 5% of the people in Minnesota volunteer somewhere, every day. In our area this percentage goes up to about 7%. Which is another advantage, and, reason for living in a small and rural area. People care for others, and are wilting to help where ever they are needed. As Director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Southwest Minnesota, which serves six counties of Cottonwood, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles and Contest, 1:30 p.m April 21 --T Earth Day Sunday. April 22 -- Appreciation Reception 4:00 p.m Extension Room; Earth Intermediate and Shooting Sports, 7v Storden Community Executive Council p.m Extension Office. April 23 -- Food Stand Meeting. Extension Office. April 25 -- Dining Presentation 1: Earth Day Everyday?; Arts-In Meeting, Extension Office. April 26 April 27 4-H Project Meeting, 9:2 a.m Windom Area Home Economics Horticulture Project p.m Southwest Windom; 4-H Project Meeting, 1:30- Extension Office. Cottonwood County Elaine Harder Environmental issues special #2 Earth Day/Earth Way We once again pause to consider our reliance on the earth and to reaffirm our determination to manage wisely its many resources. Earth Day is Monday, April 22; 21-27 is Earth Week. This is the 21st anniversary of the Rrst Earth Day. In that memorable 1970 mobilization, which evolved from an idea by Senator Gaylord Nelson, more than 20 million Americans, many of them students, rallied under the banner of Mother Nature. It was the larl est organized demonstration in hmory. The event gave birth to the modem American Environmental movement. The U.S. Congress formally adjourned for Earth Day to enable members to attend teach-ins in their districts. In response to the concern voiced by Earth Day activities, the Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1917. The Clean Act and the Clean water Act soon followed. Because of a personal bias, I think we shodd all be "E" people. We are residents of planet Earth and that hopefully makes us environmentalists. Whether we consider our role as environmentalists as a serious responsibility or not, we are surely all a part of the network that affects our environment and thus the health of our Earth. The observance of earth Day heightens awareness of our planet and bopefull,stirs us to action'to work to protect it in an Earth conscious way. Schools, churches, youth groups and all other community organizations and individuals are encouraged to celebrate Earth Day. The Extension Office and the Cottonwood County Environmental Volunteers are resources that can be of assistance in planning an observance. Let us resolve on Earth Day to adapt our lifestyles io an Earth- Conscious Way. Take the Earth Day Green Pledge. Because our planet today faces severe environmental crises such as global warming, rainforest' devastation, rapidly increasing population and water and air pollution and because the planet's future depends on the commitment of every nation, as well as every individual I pledge to do my share in saving the planet by letting my concern for the environment shape how I act, purchases, vote and support. I pledge to do my utmost to recycle, conserv energy, save water, use efficient 'on, Continued from installed, Olson have the project thirty days after it delivered to Walnut be installed and before hot weather Mayor Hansen council on publicly many volunteers in during Volunteer Week, April 21 to members agreed an their contributions community should be Sentinel Tribune. The Board of property taxes will be Monday, April 22 in rooms. A special conduct other business following the Review. Chamber sends Phone DirectorieS WESTBROOK Westbrook Chamber is sending out a local phone directory of the area businesses and phone numbers. The directories will be in the towns of Dovray. in the and the Red Rock -'-" Advertiser. Reck, we enroll senior people 60 along with Senator Roger Moe, years of age and older, who Senator Skip Finn and volunteer their time in over 175 and try to adopt a lifestyle as if Representative BOb Johnson will non-profit agencies, that have every day were Earth Day. I pledge talk about "Itasca: the Next 100 requested help in many areas. These Senior Volunteers tell us to do my utmost to buy and use Sheep/Swine Years." Cake and coffee will be that they enjoy volunteering. It those products least harmful to the served before visitors venture out keeps them young, they learn new environment. Moreover, I will, to day will be April the maximum extent possible, do All Redwood County on a hike or bike ride with d things, meet new people and renew business with corporations that and swine members are i naturalist, old acquaintances. The Volunteers promote lobal environmentalhave their sheep and Over 600,000 people visited also tell us that many of their own responsibility. I pledge to vote and for the Redwood C(,unl Itasca in 1990 to explore the source day-to-day aches and pains of the great Mississippi, walk disappear, because they think of support those candidates whotagged and weighed on under the old-growth pines, watch someone else and others problems, demonstrate an abiding concern for April 27, soaring eagles, and fmh, camp and In our six county program area, the environment. I pledge to The shemust be ski under the northern lights. A RSVP has 1500 seniors support the passage of local, state 9-11 a.m. volunteering daily. In 1990, these and federal laws and international farm near Franklin o treaties that protect the Ethanie Schmidt farm folks volunteered approximately environment. 265,000 hours. And 51% of these Swine members must folks are in the 70 - 79 year old swine tagged, ear group. This is dedtcation, Upcoming Opportunities weighed sometime on determination, and love. April 19 -- 4-H Share-the-Fun, April 27. A Swine, 7:30 p.m Windom Middle SchooL disinterested Hat's off to all volunteersApril 20 -- Southwest Mental everywhere during National Health Women's Group "Food Volunteer Week, and especially Habits:. 1)6 1 Change Them or Do thanks to all RETIRED SENIOR They Change Me', 9:00 to 11".30 VOLUNTEERS! a.m Worthington; 4-H Sheep Adults: $3 12 & under: $1.50 Preschool - FREE I I Ill Ill R - is for the RESPECT we show unto others. S - is for SHARING with our sisters and brothers. V - is for VOLUNTEER, for the service we render - P - is for the PEOPLE, who are loving and tender. To help those in need, is a gift of love, - Not only from us, but from the MAN above! Selection School Ambassador LAKE SHETEK verify the weighL The livestock in the Extension Office to If you have any contact the Dovmy, MN. Front Bar Specials 6:00 to 9:.00 p.m. MON.: Mexican Food Night Taco's - Help yourself- B0C eS- IMPROVEMENT I I APRIL 27 at 2 p.m. at Key Largo Ballroom, Valhalla TUES.: Fish Special - An you can 84.95 m cholesterol frying WED.: LOTTO& DAILY 3 Steak & Toast w/one stde- THURS.: Chicken & Rib baked potato, salad, choice of dressing - FRL: 4 to 6 p.m. - Ladies Drinks - I/2 Irree hor=domwre,s for everyone 6. 0 until (Speclals subject to change - substitutes